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  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... use with psychosis, though it remains unclear which causes the other. And addiction counselors warn that marijuana use may be particularly risky for teens whose brains are still developing and who are more susceptible ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with ... , memory and reward processing. It also causes the brain to release a chemical known as dopamine, ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Use and Abuse

    What Is Marijuana? Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is known by a ...

    ... individual's performance on memory-related tasks and cause a decrease in motivation and interest in everyday activities ... offer counseling and education to help people with addictions to adapt to a drug-free lifestyle. ... continue reading
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  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... is additional proof of the long-term harm marijuana can cause. Make no mistake; the weed problem isn't solely ... 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Marijuana Use

    Is Marijuana Harmful? Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. It is normally smoked as a joint or in a pipe and can also be smoked as a blunt. Marijuana can be mixed with food, brewed as tea or used in the form of ...

    ... risk for heart attack during that period. Additionally, addiction and withdrawal can be common with marijuana use. Short ... effects, such as respiratory issues , and may cause learning and problem-solving in children born to ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Withdrawal

    Marijuana (cannabis, weed, grass, hashish) is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 8.4% of all Americans over the age of 12 (22.2 million people) used ...

    ... cause harm. There are many negative side effects of marijuana use including anxiety, increased heart rate, learning problems, sleep disturbances, and even addiction ... withdrawal symptoms until the brain and body have time ... continue reading
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  • How to Help a Marijuana Addict

    Marijuana continues to be the most widely abused illicit drug. The increased state-level legality of marijuana may be promoting perceptions of lower risks and higher benefits among high school students. In recent surveying, one third of 10 th ...

    ... as teenagers. People that use marijuana daily have addiction rates between 25% and 50%. The THC in marijuana activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain leading to effects like: Euphoric feelings. Distorted perceptions ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... the bloodstream, through the lungs, and on to the brain. This process is completed within a few minutes, but ... the irregular menstrual cycles marijuana use is known to cause among women. What's more, according to Craft, ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, it's a little more complicated. In men, marijuana causes a spike in testosterone shortly after smoking, increasing sex drive. However, this only lasts about an hour, and in ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... long-term ones. Damage done by pot smoke increases your chances of developing hardened or clogged arteries, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. In the long run, it's a 90-minute impairment from which our systems ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... blood it needs. A glance around reveals tissue damage and dead cells, thanks to the reduced oxygen levels. His brain is essentially choking. As our tour continues, we come to the hippocampus region. This is the part of ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... & Mallet, 2004). What can we gather from studies like these? When your developing brain is exposed to marijuana it could possibly cause long-term and permanent changes to your cognitive functioning and behavior. #2: Lung ... continue reading
  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and families avoid the harms of drug use and build stronger relationships. He's also co-founder, along with ...

    ... people to use any substance with a still developing brain. Through education and offering activities and young people ... any kind of substance that can impair their brain development.” Education, open dialogue, and parents ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... those reasons and more, it's crucial that the DEA makes it a priority to learn more about a drug that we're yet to truly understand. Additional Reading: Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... of marijuana may be working. We know that heavy (or frequent) marijuana use negatively impacts brain development during adolescence. It also impairs academic achievement and poses other health risk behaviors among teens ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... ingredient in marijuana). The Challenges of Design Tara Lovestead, chemical engineer and one of the brains behind the recent testing development, explains, “Vapor pressure describes how a compound behaves when it ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... all the previously mentioned states plus 19 others have legalized forms of marijuana for medical use. Cause for Serious Concern Researchers in Sweden concede that cannabis smoke contains only 400 compounds compared to 4 ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... use. The smoking had taken its toll. His smile was ghastly. Over time, the drug had caused periodontitis (an inflammatory disease that attacks the structures that support the teeth.) This began as the gingivitis ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... lungs into the bloodstream, which quickly carries the chemical to the brain. 8 By smoking a joint, an individual is able to ... Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes marijuana addiction rehab ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... agent Children would have easier access to a drug that could hurt them Marijuana carries a risk of abuse and addiction Could lead to a lower quality of life, as well as health problems and financial issues Is an excuse ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... much really, except they increase their prices to cover the cost of the fancy new containers and colorful labels. Additional Reading: When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... 's look at five very real problems and/or outcomes caused by the use, quantity and sale of marijuana edibles. ... for Marijuana Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes Marijuana addiction rehab and ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... , and morphine flood the streets, driving up addiction rates and fatal opiate overdoses. The Centers ... two decades, deaths from drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. In 2011, 55 ... continue reading
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  • What Causes Addiction?

    “Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use.” In the past, addiction was viewed as stemming from an individual's moral failing and weakness of will ...

    ... in scientific research , biological theories of addiction as a “brain disease” are now widely accepted ; however ... of heroin and cocaine become addicted, their addiction is caused by exposure to the drug. Alexander (2001 ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... is a disease. While substance use is a choice in the beginning, addiction is not. Brain changes caused by repeated substance use make it extremely difficult to quit using. Addicted individuals often make numerous ... continue reading
  • What is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that's characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... of energy, nervousness, or irritability. What are the Causes of Addiction? There is no single cause of an addiction. Addictions involve complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and a person's ... continue reading
  • Addiction Recovery

    Recovery Is Possible Addiction recovery is possible, attainable, and available if you know where to find it and have expectations that are realistic and practical. For those struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, recovery could mean the ...

    ... recovery today. What Causes Addiction? It's one of many difficult-to-answer questions. What is addiction and why, even with ... that substance use changes the way the brain operates and experiences pleasure. This makes ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Vs. Addiction

    An Introduction to Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism are three of the most common problems plaguing adolescents, teens, and adults alike. Recent reports place the numbers of Americans, aged 12 and older, suffering from ...

    ... to effect a change in the functionality of the brain itself - as the process of stimulating the reward ... about the multifactorial causes of addiction. To be sure, however, abuse always precedes addiction, and statistics ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Addiction?

    Drug addiction, also known as a substance use disorder (SUD), is a national crisis in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): 1,2,3 Approximately 53 million people aged 12 and older (nearly 1 in 5 Americans) used ...

    ... Addiction The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain ... Over time, it causes noticeable and predictable changes in the user's brain that create overwhelming cravings ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... that it works by interrupting the pattern of addiction in the brain. Someone explained it to her like this: ... it is still illegal in the U.S.) Ibogaine can cause severe side effects , including: Ataxia (loss of control ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction

    Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug in the form of a white powder that is commonly snorted, smoked, and injected. 1,5,6 Its popularity as a recreational substance is in part due to its perceived positive effects on mood, motivation, and ...

    ... they may experience harmful consequences. 18 While addiction is a chronic brain condition, it is treatable and recovery is possible. 18 Cocaine addiction and misuse can be caused by cocaine's reinforcing high that mainly ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Ketamine Addiction

    About Ketamine Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic-a chemical cousin of PCP. Its popular use as a recreational drug can further increase the risk of addiction and hasten the emergence of long-term psychological effects, including: Memory ...

    ... - This is the stage of cravings, when your brain's 'brake systems' don't work anymore, and trying to ... addiction are visible in family and work obligations as well. Addiction to ketamine has the potential to cause ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... ones. We need you to know that's not the case. Addiction has a real impact on the brain. Neurochemicals and receptors are physically altered, causing an insatiable need for more drugs. We don't consciously choose drugs ... continue reading
  • Ways of Helping Someone with Drug or Alcohol Addiction

    Seeking Drug Addiction Help If you have a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to watch them. You may be wondering how to help them with their substance abuse issues. They might be ready to quit and ...

    ... other than how it was prescribed. 3 How Can Addiction be Successfully Treated? Addiction is a chronic disease that causes significant changes in the way the brain functions and how a person behaves. It is characterized ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... risky situations or drink enough to cause problems. 2 Addiction is a chronic disease that ... alcohol use disorder. An AUD is a chronic disease in the brain that is defined by the compulsive use of alcohol,, an inability ... continue reading
  • Addiction Treatment

    Substance addiction is a chronic condition involving compulsive drug and/or alcohol use. People who are addicted to a substance may continue to drink or use drugs despite the potentially serious problems such substance use may cause in their lives. ...

    ... serious problems such substance use may cause in their lives. 1 Addiction can adversely impact every part of ... quit using a substance because of the way drugs affect the brain. 12 In some cases, it can also be dangerous to ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, decision-making, impulse control ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... down what we need to know about this illicit drug in Your Brain on Crack Cocaine . Or, in their own words: “Is it ... melting point, users are able to add fire—which causes the rocks to make “crackling” sounds—and inhale the ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... more and more cocaine. The repeated damage to Ted's brain causes memory loss, learning disabilities, attention deficit issues, to name ... our assumptions and treatment options for cocaine addiction. If it's not an issue of ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... you ever wondered what actually went on with your brain to cause you to lose all memory of your crazy ... licensed psychologist and addiction researcher who has studied precisely what goes on in our brains when we drink ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... how the alkaloids work in relation to the human brain. But that certainly hasn't stopped people from abusing ... also make it a potential addiction. In small doses, Kratom causes stimulant effects - increased alertness, ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... opiates , it is essential to understand the risks involved with an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down ... continue reading
  • Quitting Smoking In Addiction Recovery

    Among patients in treatment programs for drug abuse and addiction (also known as substance use disorder, or SUD), as many as 97% also use tobacco 1 . Although the health dangers of cigarette smoking are well known, most smokers who enter drug ...

    ... study of more than 400 people in treatment for opiate addiction found that the death rate among those who smoked was greater ... causes changes in the brain that may make individuals more susceptible to drug addiction ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... digital drugs. Bath salts are one dangerous teenage substance addiction trend you probably have heard of, so it's ... out for their wisdom teeth operations. This substance causes a high that can last anywhere from a few ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... caused an increase in suicide risk for teens. Advertising Addiction? However, are they advertising addiction ... have work on certain receptors in the brain, and it's hard for the brain to function without them once the drugs ... continue reading
  • Finding Help for Benzodiazepine Addiction

    Many people become addicted to benzodiazepines or “benzos” as they are often called. Common types of benzos include: Xanax . Valium . Klonopin . These anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant sedatives are effective at managing the conditions for which ...

    ... person's life come together to talk to them about their addiction and urge them to get help can be effective, as ... them over time, the rewarding feeling in the brain caused by these drugs surpasses those of natural rewards ... continue reading
  • Teenage Addiction Guide for Parents

    The possibility that your teen may be struggling with addiction or a substance use disorder (SUD) can feel confusing and devastating. You may be overwhelmed with questions, such as: How can I be sure what's going on before talking to my child? How ...

    ... labeling, or blame. Once addiction becomes established, the person's brain circuits have been physically changed ... , and recreational activities), and may cause particular damage since the brain is still developing. 11, 18 ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Librium Addiction

    Librium, the trade name for the benzodiazepine chlordiazepoxide, is a tranquilizer that, when misused, may become addictive and cause increasing negative effects as a result of usage that only worsen with time. Going through benzodiazepine addiction ...

    ... cause increasing negative effects as a result of usage that only worsen with time. Going through benzodiazepine addiction ... in the pleasure and reward areas of the brain can lead to euphoric sensations when a drug is ... continue reading
  • How to Treat MXE Drug Addiction

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, M-ket, or Mexxy, is a synthetic drug with effects similar to that of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine . It can be inhaled through the nose, injected, or taken orally 1 . It is, in fact, so similar to ketamine, ...

    ... million people over the age of 12 were in need of addiction treatment, but only 2.3 million received the help they ... 's impact on the structure and functioning of the brain 5 . Studies show that the drug may influence ... continue reading
  • 5 Controversial Thoughts We Have About Addiction

    Addiction is a highly controversial word that tends to stir up debate: ask 10 people their opinion on the matter and you'll wind up with 10 contrasting answers. But despite differing opinions, people are finally talking about addiction instead of ...

    ... suffering from addiction have a chronic brain disorder: drugs change some of the interactions in the brain's circuitry, ... also be traumatic or life-threatening, and cause irreparable damage. Are sober living homes a good ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... ibogaine is legal and used to help recover from addictions. How Does it Work? The question that remains ... that ibogaine acts on 3 different parts of the brain that are associated with dopamine production and release . In ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... Jam What's next? Once the cocaine enters your brain, it causes neurotransmitter traffic to back up - specifically the neurotransmitter dopamine (your brain's natural happy drug) is stimulated. Normally, this chemical is ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... experts were able to observe exactly how cocaine affects the tiny blood vessels in a mouse's brain. Cocaine causes the brain to receive a decreased flow of blood, no matter the frequency of use. Whether the mice received ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

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    ... . Safety training. Understanding the causes of behavior (functional analysis). Effective ... treatment such as: Inpatient or in-facility treatment : Drug addiction treatment that takes place in a residential center on a full ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction

    Vicodin addiction creates a variety of negative consequences for every person. The consequences of Vicodin use can be costly, both physically and emotionally. Like many other drugs of its kind, it is caused by the desire to enhance ones mood or at ...

    ... when families begin to fall apart that the addiction connection is made. Addiction to Vicodin will often tear apart their families, create unemployment and cause financial unmanageability. Like an illicit street drug ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... addicted to drugs may end up with a loss of income. Let's look at the financial toll of addiction. Addiction and Poverty Addiction is by far most costly for the poor. If you're at the poverty level, a pack of cigarettes ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... will make even the most capable person feel helpless. Sure, Al-Anon tells loved ones that they didn't cause the addiction, they can't control it, and they can't cure it, but that doesn't really make anyone feel less ... continue reading
  • Treating Psilocybin Mushroom Addiction

    How to Approach a Psilocybin Addict It can be difficult to watch someone you care about struggle with a psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” addiction. Your loved one may engage in self-destructive behaviors and isolate themselves from others. ...

    ... individuals who are concerned about a loved one with an addiction do not know where to begin. The first step may ... psilocybin despite interpersonal and social problems caused by use. Neglecting previously enjoyed ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

    Call Now What is a Drug Abuse Hotline Number? A drug abuse hotline or helpline is a toll-free number for the specific purpose of providing confidential and anonymous information related to drug addiction, alcoholism and treatment. If you are ...

    ... and art or music therapy are also provided at some alcohol and drug rehab centers. Drug addiction and abuse has many causes, and a variety of approaches may be needed to treat the individual. Programs are tailored to ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even though ...

    ... prescriptions for aripiprazole. The compulsive side effects are thought to be caused by Abilify's influence on dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain. If you or someone you love currently takes Abilify and you ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... a beverage with low alcohol content won't fix the problem. The diuretic action of the alcohol itself is what causes the urge to frequently urinate. If you regularly abuse alcohol, it's nearly impossible to avoid UTIs. In ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person and a person's brain to experience the world in a much more fundamental way.” Making Smart Choices If it's true that both methods ... continue reading
  • This Is How Alcohol Affects Your Brain (Simple Animation)

    We pop the champagne to celebrate a momentous occasion. We sip whiskey to soothe the pain of a disappointing loss. We order a glass of wine to ease the awkwardness of a first date. And we cheers tequila shots while catching up with an old friend ...

    ... we turn to booze? We can all agree that alcohol changes the way that we feel. But what is actually going on in the brain that makes us feel a certain way? AsapSCIENCE tackles this hot topic in their short animation, Your ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... a decreased ability to recognize other people's emotions. “There are many mental illnesses in which our brains' ability to recognise the emotions of others are impaired and this new study shows that cocaine may interfere ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ...

    ... reporting research group, Bagnardi and colleagues, whose findings were published in Addiction Journal. Just the Facts According to this study, alcohol caused 5.8 percent of cancer deaths worldwide in 2012. If that seems ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... drugs. About half of all overdoses that year (23,000) came from prescription drugs and another 8,000 were caused by heroin . Heroin use has increased across the country by 50 percent between 2013 and 2014 alone, while ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... conditions, such as depression and schizophrenia, can be aggravated by LSD. In rare cases, LSD may cause people with no known pre-existing conditions to spontaneously develop psychosis . Though nearly any addictive drug ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... and they still don't have the tools to cope with addiction triggers. In short, they're bound to go right back ... male prisoners and half of former female prisoners were caused by alcohol and drug misuse. The Numbers Don't ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... In fact, the demographic most susceptible to Adderall abuse and addiction is students between the ages of 18 and 22. 2 ... Adderall: What to Expect The rapid withdrawal causes extreme discomfort and brings on a handful of ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... to use the drug outside of academia, eventually spiraling into addiction. SAMSHA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health notes ... going “cold turkey.” The rapid withdrawal causes extreme discomfort and brings on a handful ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... and healthy family dynamics. The relentless stress of erratic and unpredictable behavior due to addiction causes serious riffs in our interpersonal relationships. Some loved ones may feel responsible, some hopeless ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... and talents once “unmasked.” As a result, that fear causes some of the most talented and successful individuals to resist treatment . In reality, addiction only overshadows a person's capabilities and potential. For ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine. Scientists ... combating the opioid epidemic since it does not alter brain chemistry of any kind. Additional Reading: The Vicious ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... “binge” pattern. With repeated use, it alters brain chemistry and creates powerful cravings for its euphoric effects. ... how it can best be targeted to reduce addiction-like behaviors, there is a high possibility that ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... certain drugs. Researchers found that estrogen intensifies the brain's dopamine reward pathway, which creates an increase in ... pills be implemented as a possible addiction intervention. Progesterone Lowers Drug Seeking ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... often more difficult to treat. The Science of Mental Addiction Physical dependence is when one becomes so dependent on ... : Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Photo Credit: Google/scholieren.com continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... inpatient rehab and then got the NFL Players Association to pick up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, is now living in a recovery house in Santa Monica ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... takeaway is to do your research; there are a lot of different treatment options out there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Addiction

    Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine -a substance that is widely abused throughout the country. Its widespread illicit production dwarfs that of its pharmaceutical counterpart - marketed as Desoxyn - a stimulant medication with very limited ...

    ... up the various processes throughout the body and brain . The “high” resulting from usage can ... time (e.g., chronic exposure to toxins). Signs and Symptoms of Addiction Once used, traces of crystal meth can stay in the body ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... 's impossible to deny your problem anymore. Experts consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others lose ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... .” That memory is one that I will never forget. Do you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences in the comments section below. Additional ... continue reading
  • Steps for Overcoming Addiction

    Addiction is a strong, negative force in the US and around the world. Signs and symptoms of addiction may begin slowly and without the individual's awareness, but in a short amount of time, someone can find themselves unexpectedly in the depths of ...

    ... people will experience unwanted mental health effects as a result of changes in the brain that are commonly seen during active addiction and early in recovery. Some people will benefit from mental health treatment that ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Barbiturate Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Knowing how to approach a loved one who you believe is addicted to barbiturates can be a difficult and daunting task if you do not fully understand addiction. Fortunately, there are professionals who can help you to ...

    ... effects, in combination with the tendency of the brain to adjust to a new equilibrium over time when ... with at least two of the following symptoms, then an addiction may be present 4 : Using a greater amount of barbiturates ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... or not, Xanax now far surpasses marijuana as a leading cause of DUI. Benzos and Driving are a Bad Combo Data ... . If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is in order, ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... , being hungry, lonely or tired simply sets you up for relapse! Because of the intensely personal qualities of addiction, no two people follow the same path during the recovery process. Some go to rehab, others rely on ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... with chemical dependency . Let's take a look at both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely to set up practice in small, rural towns. It's not feasible, unfortunately ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... it too big to pass through the barrier between blood and brain. If it doesn't get to the brain, it doesn't get a person high. Addiction vaccines will not prevent addiction , nor will they “cure” someone who is not trying ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... when compared with placebo.' How could it, if it caused it in the first place?” New Medicinal Option After years of research and an opiate addiction that has reached epidemic status, the Food and Drug Administration ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the healing process; you deserve ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... parents' lives. Rather than attempt to cover up the cause of their child's death, they admit their loved one ... 2017, at the age of 32 after a long battle with addiction. Patrick's father, Joe, explained , “We're not going ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco has also won multiple awards for her portrayal of a nurse hiding her drug addiction on the Showtime black comedy Nurse Jackie . For the latter role, the 51-year-old actress has her own ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... This apparently led to Downey becoming a daily drinker. A Rising Star in Hollywood Despite his active drug and alcohol addiction, Downey Jr. made a name for himself as a young actor in the mid to late 80s. After a season ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... , it was clear that urban addicts and rural addicts don't have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here are some of the fascinating statistics in the study ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... (CSAT) : Aims to improve the lives of those affected by substance abuse and provide access to cost-effective addiction and drug abuse treatment . 3. Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) : Offers in-depth analytical ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... of all time, was repeatedly in and out of rehab. She passed away in 2012, allegedly as a result of her addiction. 8. Bobby Brown Singer and bad boy Bobby Brown has faced several arrests, including for DUIs and drugs . He ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... What begins as a quest for relief, however, can quickly turn into a raging prescription medication addiction. The Claws of Addiction The public holds medical providers to a higher standard than most - and rightly so. Let ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... , you look better, you have time for hobbies again… #7. Put Your Life in Order Every person struggling with addiction lets certain things slide. Maybe you're behind on your taxes or up to your neck in debt, maybe you ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... also steals the quality, purpose and value of our time. 4. Gratitude Addiction rewires the pleasure centers of our brain. Whether it's a sunset, children playing in a park or a good friend's contagious laugh, we ... continue reading
  • Watch Your Mouth: It Matters How You Use the Language of Addiction

    Dr. Kimball was asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same story, ...

    ... asked to read a brief story. It told of a man having a difficult time complying with court-ordered addiction treatment. From start to finish, Dr. Kimball referred to this man as “the addict.” Dr. Jeffries read the same ... continue reading
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